Knife Pleat

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French
Knife Pleat is an elegant and approachable French restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, who are well-known in the Los Angeles culinary scene. The couple’s chic new restaurant will showcase modern, seasonal interpretations of classic French techniques by Esnault, one of California’s best French chefs.
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LN
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing menu for a Valentine’s day Thank you Tony and Yasmine for very nice evening

Knife Pleat
Responded 21 hours ago

So nice having you in! Thank you!

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B
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very disappointing. We had to send dishes back and it was extremely over priced.

TS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Knife Pleat is an exceptional dining experience. The quality of food is magnificent. The atmosphere calm and the chef Tony and his beautiful wife Yasmin make you feel like a valued guest.

Knife Pleat
Responded 21 hours ago

It was an absolute pleasure having you dine with us! See you soon!

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W
Orange County
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is just beautiful ... felt like I was in NYC! The food & cocktails were all excellent, & the service was friendly. My complaints are that there was a looooong wait to get our cocktails, & the same to get the entrees. Also, it’s crazy expensive for a restaurant in a mall!

Knife Pleat
Responded a day ago

We get the comment about feeling like NYC rather often! I wonder what it is?

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service could be worked on. Attention to custom needs were lacking. We ordered the same martini’s at the same time and one perfect the other was not. I will still return for the excellent food.

Knife Pleat
Responded 6 days ago

We're happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and always appreciate feedback in regards to the entire experience! We will gladly remake any drinks until we get it right for you so please don't hesitate to let a manager know. Thank you and we hope to have you in soon!

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KN
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful food & perfect day for sitting on the patio.

Knife Pleat
Responded 7 days ago

The patio can be majestic at times! Thank you for the review.

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RS
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Tony and Yassmin have created an outstanding restaurant. The dishes for both lunch and dinner are excellent. The servers are attentive and friendly. Knife Pleat is a great addition to the Orange County dining scene.

Knife Pleat
Responded 7 days ago

The TEAM has worked extremely hard to receive reviews like yours! We appreciate the support so much!

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S
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Knife Pleat has a casual elegance that is not to be missed. Outstanding service, delicious food and still unpretentious. The lobster salad was quite large, filled with hunks of luscious chunks. The three course offering was also a wonderful option. Don't skip the bread, if only for the butter. Dessert is a must! Can't wait to return!

Knife Pleat
Responded on February 4, 2020

Delivering outstanding unpretentious service and delicious food are our number goals at Knife Pleat. Thank you for your patronage!

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OT
Orange County
114 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Elegant French restaurant in South Coast Plaza, very attentive service and great food. I like the variation of dishes with a changing menu next to the a la carte items. From the Chinese New Year menu I had the duck dumplings, which were very flavorful, and the pineapple tart, which was excellent. My favorite dish here still is the duck cassoulet, at least for the “ winter” .

Knife Pleat
Responded on February 4, 2020

The Duck Cassoulet out sells any other lunch entree! Thank you for supporting us!

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c
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place for gathering. Great value for lunch pre-fix!! Quality food and service.

Knife Pleat
Responded on February 4, 2020

Lunch pre-fixe menu is a great value! Thank you for reviewing!

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KK
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a late, leisurely lunch with a friend. The cuisine was inspired --delicious and beautiful visuals. We started with an amazing brie "Napoleon" that had layers of black truffles and was served with toasted baguette. It was recommended by the chef and very unique. The lobster Caesar salad with avocado was one of the best entree salads I've had in a long time. Generous portion. My guest has the steak tartare and enjoyed it. The French pastry chef here is a talent--we shared a pineapple tart with almond cream and a touch of orange that was perfection. If you're looking for a refined lunch experience in a lovely ambiance, Knife Pleat is a find. Sure to impress.

Knife Pleat
Responded a day ago

The Brie Napoleon should not be missed by anyone dining with us. Truly amazing! Thank you for the review!

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u
Sydney / NSW
26 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Thank you for adding some additions! The ambiance at Knife Pleat is unmatched! And don’t forget to see the gorgeous restroom!

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 29, 2020

Restrooms are definitely photo worthy of the gram!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service were good but it is quite expensive for lunch ($140 for 2 not including tips). Moreover we were charged with another 3% for back of house service. I never heard of this charge even at 5 star hotel or great restaurant.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 29, 2020

Thank you for joining us and taking the time to review us!

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CH
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and great service. Fine dining and with great presentation and creative dishes. Excellent wine too!

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 27, 2020

Thank you for dining with us!

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AS
Los Angeles
456 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to Knife Pleat, and it was just as delicious and memorable as the first. I ordered the Chef's Tasting menu, which showcases the high culinary skill of Chef Tony Esnault and his kitchen team. Each item of the seasonal menu was layered with flavors, building upon each other as the meal progressed. The wine pairing was a perfect accompaniment to the meal and included selections from regions throughout France. Service was friendly, knowledgable and very attentive. Clearly, Knife Pleat is focused on excellence in fine dining and is already one of the best restaurants in Orange County. I highly recommend this local gem, and am already looking forward to my next visit.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 29, 2020

Victor makes great wine pairings. We're glad that you enjoyed them!

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TB
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I would recommend to go back for a dessert and drink. I started with the truffle brie - this was delicious. Beautiful flavor. I also had the steak tartare and escargot ravioli. Both were good but not very memorable dishes. The dessert however, a seasonal citrus dish, was mind blowing. The service is on-point.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 29, 2020

Thank you Tessa! The Truffle Brie will make anyone's day better!

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W
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chinese New Year special items (five spice duck dumpling and pineapple sesame tart) are out of this world.....so creative and delicious. They will offer these two special items until Feb 9....

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 25, 2020

We appreciate the constant support from you! I have to agree that the specials are delicious. It was great to see you yesterday at the bar. Thank you!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Best of OC.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 24, 2020

Thank you for the kind words! The team appreciates it!

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J
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food! Lovely, attentive service. Dining on the patio is delightful. We expected an excellent experience, but Knife Pleat exceeded all expectations. Thank you!

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 25, 2020

Wow! Nothing greater than exceeding expectations. Thank you Jackie! We look forward to having you in again soon.

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a
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fabulous
The food is probably the best in Orange County.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 23, 2020

Big statement! We appreciate the review very much!

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KN
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We had the tasting menu with wine pairing for 2 plus a cocktail each before foods comes out. The wine was not well selected to go with each dishes. Only one wine that went well with the dish on the tasting menu was the one pair with the duck. The cocktails was good.
Food wise our Risotto, the rice was uncook and hard. Worse dish was scallops, extra salty and uneven marinated. I don’t want to be too negative on all the foods served on the tasting menu. Our favorite was the pear (Desserts). Sadly,
The tasting menu only dessert tasted good. Ice cream was good, good texture, the moose was fluffy, the pear itself was just right.
They have the right concept but needs to work on executing it. We paid over 450+plus tips, and +3% back of service, the least we expect is foods to be decent.
We did mentioned our dinner experienced to our waiter and manager, their responded was “Tasting menu is a rotation menu and they still working on it.” Well then we definitely don’t want to come back and pay another $500 to be serve on something they still work on. Maybe swing by for a cocktail while shopping in the mall.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 23, 2020

Hi Kelly, We appreciate the feedback and wish you enjoyed the food more on your last visit. We're glad that you enjoyed the pear dessert and hope to get another chance from you one day. Thank you!

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DM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Michael our runner was so helpful in our selections. He provided great service while our server was busy.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 23, 2020

We love having Michael on the team. He truly cares about our guests and it shows on the daily basis!

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AM
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience! Looking forward to returning soon.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 19, 2020

We're thrilled that your experience was fantastic! Thank you!

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j
Los Angeles
144 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Eagerly anticipated, this restaurant has highs and lows. The highs: desserts are flavorful, light and well thought out. Service staff are well trained , knowledgeable and responsive. Wine list has multiple price points and variety... though the Sancerre on the menu (@$60.00) was merely adequate.

The lows: 1)this is a very noisy restaurant. Despite adding carpet and drapes , the noise level borders on intolerable. Adding to this, On the night we dined there was a raucous group of ten hovering at the bar awaiting their table, and even when seated continued to act as if they were in a sports bar or pizza parlor. Staff attempted to mitigate, with little success and diners were moving to other tables or leaving early.
2)It’s difficult to see the value presented on the offered menu. Tasting menu (2 people) w/one bottle of wine +gratiuity hovered at over $450.00. Food was generally well prepared, but there are other world class restaurants at this price point in LA,NY, London, Paris where you feel you’ve had a memorable dining experience and gotten your money’s worth—-not here.It’s the OC for goodness sake!. With all the hype associated with the opening of this restaurant and the pedigree/experience of the chef this was a disappointing experience. You anticipate stellar plating. This was not in evidence other than in the desserts. There are other terrific restaurants in the OC with better value and high quality. Maybe the tasting menu not the best choice here...but even the entrees are overpriced. Maybe it’s the rent at south coast plaza.
3) the kitchen seemed overwhelmed as our meal stretched to over 2 1/2 hours. Perhaps each course was prepared ‘a la minute’ for each order ( a good thing) but it seemed too long btw courses
4)there’s a charge for bread and a3% add-on for the ‘back of house’ gratuity-though I think that might be optional. At these prices it’s a bit of a money grab.

Lunch might prove more affordable —but I fit one am not tempted to return.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 15, 2020

Your review is appreciated. Thank you for the compliments on service!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Service was non-existent. $60 sole was old and cold. Duck was room temperature. All interaction was with busboy, who was great and helped find the missing waiter.
An extremely bad experience for our Anniversary dinner.
This is a “one and done” restaurant. It is not fine dining as it’s prices reflect. We were not the only customers who could not deal with unusual delay in getting service and food, so we left without finishing. We did however pay the $270 bill and went somewhere else for dessert.
Proceed at your own risk. Running out of scallops at 7pm is a bad sign.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 15, 2020

Thank you for the feedback! Saturday evening was one of our busiest evenings since opening and we apologize for any service delays you may have encountered.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I have never written a negative review of a restaurant.
The menu was limited. It is the same as listed on the website. The halibut listed was not halibut rather Eastern Cod. The fish was properly cooked, however the sauce (jus de cuisson) was this thin watery substance with speckles of some seasoning maybe this was small fish eggs. The appearance was not appetizing. The Maine sea scallops were sold out.
We were a party of four. Two of us requested the “tasting menu”, our server informed us that all four must order the tasting menu, otherwise it was not possible. Next, the General Manager, Travis Francis appeared at our table to confirm the policy. So, if we had been two parties of two, two of us could have ordered the “‘tasting menu” but since four of us were seated together it was not be allowed. Mr. Francis explained that on occasions when the restaurant was not busy, it was possible for exceptions to occur.
Being told no is not the pathway for success in the hospitality business. We truly had high hopes for this place as we had dined on several occasions at one of their previous restaurants, Church & State.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 15, 2020

The scallops are fantastic and can sell out quick! We encourage that the entire table orders the tasting menu to ensure that no one guest has a lapse in service or is ever missing food. While you are ok to eat while others at the table are not eating, it does not align with our service standards. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that we can have you in again soon. Thank you!

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P
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food, had duck for lunch which was shredded and the fried on one side with slightly spicy bean sauce, carrot ginger soup was super, octopus was yummy with oily beans and the SeaBreem also really good, great service, ate on outdoor patio, very peaceful out there. Only weak dish was the espresso eclairs I would pass on that dessert

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 15, 2020

Thank you for the support! The patio is a great place to dine and requested by many!

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LS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Orange County at the moment. Delicious food, gracious service, just perfect.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 12, 2020

Thank you for the support and leaving a review! We hope to have you again in the future.

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MS
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new addition to the OC culinary scene. A complete redo of the Marche Moderne prior space in South Coast Plaza. Food is cutting edge and they had Périgord truffles! Very good wine list, limited bar, and fun desserts!

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 10, 2020

Thank you Mr Schroeder! It was great to have you dine with us! We'll see you soon.

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W
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch is the best deal around here in the mall. Well executed set menu.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 19, 2020

We appreciate the kind words and support! Thank you!

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S
Los Angeles
202 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time eating at Knife Pleat. We were very impressed by the food and service both times we ate there. The server was knowledgeable about the wines by the glass and was able to accurately describe them and steer us to the one which would work for us. The presentations were beautiful.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 10, 2020

We are very happy to hear that both times you dined, you had a great overall experience! Thank you and Happy New Year!

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C
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We knew the dress code for this restaurant was casual, but were really surprised to find diners in T-Shirts and Cargo shorts! I assume they may have been shopping in the mall and went to this restaurant for dinner without it being their destination. Fine with me ~ attire of the customers does not have an impact on my dining experience. I mention this only to let future diners know that you do not have to dress "cocktail casual to dine here. Ashley provided friendly and non-intrusive service. We selected the tasting menu with wine parings ~ our Sommelier was Amazing ( so sorry I can't remember his name)~ he was exuberant and made us feel he really enjoyed waiting on us ! Some of the wine selections were really unusual and not something I would order but were excellent pairings,especially the Cotes Du Jura with the Mushroom Risotto! This was one of the best Risottos we have ever had. The Scallop Crudo was exceptional ~ Halibut was good, albeit rather salty, perhaps due to the caviar . Duck leg confi superb, but the breast was not remarkable. Dessert Poached pear was very good, an absolutely beautiful presentation and delightful way to end the evening. My only disappointment was that we were not served an amuse bouche to begin our dining experience. I am always thrilled to be served one at fine dining establishments especially at those at this price point.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thank you so much for the great comments! We will be sure to share with the rest of the team.

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OT
Los Angeles
759 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Excellent meal and great service. Had the price fixed lunch and enjoyed each course. Knife Pleat is definitely a destination restaurant but also good for a casual lunch while shopping.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 2, 2020

Our $32 lunch pre-fixe option has been a crowd pleaser! Thank you for the review!

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MQ
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful room. Excellent, attentive service. Only complaint was tea wasn’t hot enough. Other than that, wonderful experience.

Knife Pleat
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thank you for the comment on our attentive service!

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SH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Unpleasant noise level for a small-sized restaurant. Staff is not trained well. Food was ok. Dessert was good.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 1, 2020

The restaurant can definitely be lively when we are busy. Thank you for dining with us!

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KL
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The restaurant is relatively new in Orange County & the lunch service is only a few weeks old. However the owners are very experienced, high-end, restauranteurs. The food was uniformly excellent. However the service was somewhat poor. Clearly the servers need significant training & hands-on coaching - there is a very long way to go in this regard.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 1, 2020

Your feedback is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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KP
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The servers were very attentive and explained everything very well. The food was presented well, flavor was good, but not outstanding. The Boar pasta tasted like short ribs. Paying $2 per piece of bread is ridiculous. The food was good, but not worth the price charged.

Knife Pleat
Responded on December 31, 2019

We appreciate the feedback and hope to have you back again soon!

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n
Orange County
161 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and i ate at this restaurant for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was well prepared and the service was outstanding. We ordered the lunch prix fixe and found it to be enough food at a reasonable. The cucumber soup was outstanding. I would recommend this restaurant to those who appreciate great food at a nice price.

Knife Pleat
Responded on January 1, 2020

Great review and much appreciated! Thank you!

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OT
Orange County
114 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stylish French restaurant - certainly currently my preferred restaurant at South Coast Plaza. Very attentive service, despite the restaurant being very busy for lunch. The duck cassoulet was excellent and very suited for the winter season.

Knife Pleat
Responded on December 31, 2019

Love the Cassoulet! Thank you!

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LE
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food that was well presented.

Knife Pleat
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thank you!

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